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  • Designer jewellery is an important part of a woman's wardrobe

    Designer jewellery is an important part of a woman's wardrobe. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets

    and more are essential complements to a variety of looks. But these pieces can become dirty

    and dulled with time. Follow a few simple procedures to keep your jewellery in good shape and

    looking great.

    Costume jewellery can be cleaned with any soap and water solution. Use a toothbrush to scrub

    and get in the corners. You can also use a wooden toothpick to pry out the difficult bits of dirt.

    Just be careful around the settings as they can come

    loose. Also be sure to dry them thoroughly with a hair

    dryer on low setting. Water residue can loosen the glue

    that holds crystals and rhinestones in place.

    More expensive designer jewellery should be cleaned

    with a little more care. Diamonds can be polished very

    effectively with a solution of warm water and ammonia.

    Dip a cotton swab into the solution and gently clean the

    stone to bring back its shine. Clean gold jewellery with

    soap and water only. Other chemicals can discolour the

    metal. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and scrub it very gently. Silver tarnishes on contact with

    air and requires a specific material to clean it.

    Use a silver dip for jewellery with silver only and

    a polish for silver with stones in it. Never

    immerse any stones or crystals in a silver dip;

    instead, clean around them very carefully with

    the polish and a soft cloth. Pearl and opal

    designer jewellery is beautiful and also very

    delicate. Try a very gentle soap, such as one

    made for babies, in a warm water solution to

    clean opals. For pearls, any soap and water

    solution should work, but never use an abrasive

    material to clean them. They scratch very easily.

  • When in doubt, take your designer jewellery to a

    professional jeweller for cleaning. If you are at all

    uncertain about the material or appropriate cleaning

    technique, it is best to trust the task to the

    professionals. They have sonicators, which use sound

    waves and water, to gently remove dirt and grease

    from the most intricate pieces. They will also be able to

    tighten up any loose stone that you may not realize you

    are in danger of losing.

    Everyday wear and tear can dirty and dull your

    beautiful jewels. The oil from your skin can build up

    over time and cloud gemstones. Bring back their shine with simple, yet safe and effective,

    cleaning methods.